By Bob Katzen

The Senate Committee on Labor and Workforce Development has recommended that a proposal that would require all state agencies and institutions to submit job listings on a state-wide computerized referral system, be shipped off to a study committee.

Most bills that are shipped off to a study committee are never actually studied and are essentially defeated. It is another way to kill a bill instead of holding a vote on the bill itself.

“Transparency about state employment vacancies will not only garner greater trust from the public in government hiring processes but will also benefit state agencies which will receive applications from more diverse and qualified candidates,” said sponsor Sen. Jo Comerford (D-Northampton). “I’m disappointed to see this bill sent to a study order but I will continue to push for these much-needed improvements in subsequent legislative sessions.”

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